A good antidote for misinformation taught in public schools is a book called The Essential America: A Patriot's Resource. The book gives a good general overview of the most important moments in America's history as seen through the eyes of those who lived through them. This book features a collection of 25 of the most important documents and speeches in our nation's history. This collection ranges from Patrick Henry's famous "give me liberty or give me death" address in 1775 to Captain Baker's "Remember the Alamo" speech in Texas in 1836 to one of General Douglas MacArthur's many great speeches. Each document and speech is introduced with a brief essay placing the piece in its historical context. This book, edited by Jackie Cushman, is a great way to introduce students to the importance of reading original documents. Its title is The Essential America: A Patriot's Resource.
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